…Sources say the PDP may abandon its zoning agreement in the 2023 presidential election.
Indications have emerged that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s previously adopted zoning arrangement ahead of the 2023 general elections may be scrapped.
Remember that the party hinted a few weeks ago that its national chairman would come from the Southwest?
The zone has so far shown interest in four chairmanship candidates, according to VanguardNews.
Former governors Ayo Fayose, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former deputy national chairman Olabode George, and Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, the party’s governorship candidate in the state’s last election, are among them.
Though the party has remained silent on the zoning of its presidential ticket, no one from the South has expressed interest.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal are both known to be interested in flying the party’s flag.
According to the party’s national leader, this development “has given rise to unconfirmed speculations that the opposition party has zoned its ticket to the North.”
The new twist, however, is said to be the result of two major considerations, which the source stated were not issues “to be overlooked.”
” The first is the Southern Governors Forum’s insistence that President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor come from the country’s south.
” It is also reported that the PDP may opt for a new zoning arrangement as former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan nears the end of his deal with the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
According to a former member of the PDP’s National Working Committee (NWC), “the PDP’s insistence on picking its national chairman from the South while looking in the direction of the North for the presidential candidate appears to be waning by the day as a result of the national pulse.”
“Our initial plan was to select the national chairman from the Southwest, allowing our candidate to come from the north.
” But, with the way things are going, we’re on the verge of losing relevance if we insist on it.
” Even the PDP governors appear to be putting their foot down on their preferred northern aspirants because they have taken a joint stance on the issue.
“The argument has been that our parry is different from the APC and that we can pick from the north; however, with the way the Southern Governors are pushing, the Committee on Zoning is also taking a close look at the push.
“Keep in mind that the chairman of the zoning Committee is the governor of Enugu State, who hosted the most recent Southern Governors Forum meeting.
“From all indications, the governors of the south are determined regardless of party lines, ensuring that major party candidates are from the South.” Do we ignore it? no.
“Aside from that, the ruling party is already thinking along those lines by courting the former president, and we know they are already putting the finishing touches on their talks, which will be concluded very soon, and we are aware that at least two more PDP governors are leading the APC ahead of Jonathan.
“So, we are already seriously considering the implications of fielding a northerner, and in a matter of days, we will come out clearly to unveil a new plan in relation to the zoning issue. It needs to be revisited, and we are thinking along those lines right now,” he said.
According to one of the state’s governorship candidates in the most recent election, “everything is still in the realm of speculation.”
” We’ll cross the river when we get there. Don’t be concerned about where our next President will come from.
” What is certain is that he or she will be a Nigerian, and all that matters is that we wrest power away from the ruling party, which has taken us backwards over the last six years.
However, Nicholas Tofowomo, a senator from Ondo state’s Southern senatorial district, stated, “My party has yet to zone the presidential ticket to any zone.” As soon as a decision is made, I will be obligated to support that candidate, regardless of where he comes from within the geopolitical zones.
When asked if the decision would be made by the southern governors, who have insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor must come from the South, Tofowomo replied, “No.” I was not a part of their decision, and I was not carried along when they made it.